CIBS women’s group aims to break through “grass ceiling”

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By Dan Sears

CIBS W, the women’s division of the Commercial and Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island, is seeking to break through the “grass ceiling” with its first-ever golf outing. 

For the past three summers, CIBS W has hosted golf lessons, and its members have been out on the course playing in an effort to break through the invisible yet formidable barrier that has historically hindered women’s advancement and equal representation in various industries including commercial real estate. 

Towards that end, the inaugural CIBS W Women’s Nine & Dine Golf Outing is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Stonebridge Golf Links Country Club in Smithtown. 

“The game of golf, like many aspects of the business world, has historically presented challenges for women in our industry that didn’t typically grow up playing golf and are excited to now learn or improve their game,” CIBS W Chair and Cushman & Wakefield Senior Director Melissa Naeder, said in a written statement. “By providing women with an opportunity to acquire the skills, techniques and knowledge of golf they can now get in the game, play in the various golf outings, network, make deals and advance their careers. We are extremely excited to drive a new era where women can also use golf as a competitive edge in the game and in the commercial real estate world.” 

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Available to 72 golfers, CIBS W encourages those interested in participating to secure their reservations early. A portion of the outing’s proceeds will support the Pink Cans 4 Cancer nonprofit. 

“We are so excited to announce this outing,” Patti Kielawa of Hanover Bank, CIBS W committee member and chair of the event, said in the statement. “Not only is this the culmination of the committee’s efforts over the summer, but over 50 percent of the women are first-time golfers who are exhilarated to finally learn and get on the course. Thank you to our amazing sponsors and everyone who has already come forward to support this event.” 

Sponsors of the event include Hanover Bank, Suffolk Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Henricksen, JRS Architect, P.C., Forchelli Deegan Terrana, and Bradley & Parker. In addition, Brilliant Stars Jewelry is donating an 18K rose gold and diamond pendant valued at $14,000 that will be raffled at the outing.  

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For more information and to register for the event or buy raffle tickets, click on the events tab on the organization’s website at 


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